Sitting Pretty

Just as summer winds down – I’m sprucing up with a few plants and outdoor projects!

When we were gone on vacation this summer, I convinced my husband to stop at the GW in the town we were in. I scored 2 wooden kitchen table chairs for $3 each! We took them apart in the parking lot so we could fit them in the back of the Explorer – and we were good to go!

I was so excited to start on them that I didn’t get a true before picture.

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That is – before I cut a hole in the seat and and sanded them down, anyway! I used a drill and jig saw to make the hole. It was really easy to do because the seats were unattached from when we disassembled them on vacation.

My father-in-law wonders about me and my projects sometimes and when he drove by the chairs sitting on the lawn, painted and drying, he asked my oldest son if I was making potty chairs or what?!?!?!

Or what, I hope!

After cutting out the holes and giving them a good sanding, I put them back together and started painting.

I tried to use some old flat exterior paint that we had around, but apparently it froze at one time or something because, as you can see, it was not covering well.

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It felt sort of chalky too after it dried, so on to Plan B – break out the spray paint.

I found some pots that fit in some old galvanized buckets we bought at an auction one time and put them in the chairs.

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When I saw the .25 annuals at Lowe’s, I couldn’t resist. I realize that they will only live for another month or so and not get as big and full as they should, but it sure beats having nothing, right??!!?!? Some of them were 3.5 qt. so they were pretty big to start with.

After arranging the chairs around, I decided that they needed to be more substantial to fill the area. So I broke out some pallet lumber and used another Ana White plan, the Small Rustic X Bench to build a small bench to sit between them. I liked the idea of the X in the bench to match the X in the chairs – but then I pretty much covered it up, but oh well.

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As you can see, my whole outdoor theme is rather rustic – besides my chairs! But I like it and it makes me smile when I drive up to the house, so that is all that matters!

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This is another vignette along the front of the house – old and rusty too! So much prettier now that I added some flowers.

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My take on the flower tower – it would look better if the plants were bigger and fuller, but it had nothing planted before so, a big improvement. I put some wave petunias and moss roses. I’m excited to see how much they will fill out in the next couple weeks.

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And, some old hollow logs surrounding a large planter. Unfortunately, the grass in the planter has long since dried up and died because of my neglect! This is on the south side of the house, so it is a really hot area – like a you-need-to-water-daily kind of area.I added a marigold and watered well – do you suppose it will green up again?!?? Maybe if I keep watering every day. I’m holding out hope yet! As you can see, my lawn has pretty much dried up also – we haven’t had much for rain since the 4th of July. Pray for rain for our crops, that they will fare better than our lawn.

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One last shot of the chairs that started it all! I even ended up power-washing the house and scrubbed off the fly poo to give it all a fresh clean look!

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Funny how one small thing sort of snow balls into a large project! Now the outside of the house should be ready for my oldest son’s birthday party in September, as long as I keep the plants alive!

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Short and Flirty Slipcover

Many moons ago we bought a couple of the following chairs.

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I can’t really remember why we bought them, but I’m sure there is a really good explanation! I have that with a number of things we got when we first got married. I really don’t think I had any sense of style then! Oh well, hopefully I’ve grown and matured and it has improved!

Anyway, I have an old sewing machine table in the living room and wanted a chair to set next to it. But, I really wanted something a little prettier. So, I threw together a little flirty skirt and cover for her.

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The ruffle.

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I think it still needs something, maybe a tie around the top or maybe another ruffle along the bottom to make her a little more “decent”?!?!?! The material isn’t real heavy – so you even get a little peep show at what’s underneath!

I have been keeping an old pillow on her and that dresses her up some. I should make a matching bolster pillow in the ruffle fabric!

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Amazing what a change a little fabric can do!

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